The Department of Sociology is pleased to welcome Dr. Tara Opsal as the newest member of the faculty. Dr. Opsal received her Ph.D. in Sociology at the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2009 and, more recently, was an Assistant Professor at the University of Northern Iowa. Her dissertation research, which was supported by a National Science Foundation Grant and an American Association of University Women Fellowship, examined the post-incarceration experiences of women. More broadly, Dr. Opsal’s research interests focus on the consequences of criminal justice policy, particularly in women’s lives. At CSU Dr. Opsal will teach a number of courses including Gender, Crime, and Criminal Justice, Correctional Organizations, and Introduction to Sociology. In her free time she can be found enjoying the foothills and mountains of Northern Colorado with her dog.